LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Christianity 101- Part 1: Atheist asks question.

The following post title appeared on an atheist’s blog: One possible way to convert us atheists. He started the post by asking this question. “What is a true Christian and is it possible for anyone to be a true Christian?”

Then he listed the things that it would take for a church to impress him enough to make him consider Christianity. Everything he listed had to do with doing good works, helping the poor, etc without any mention of sin, faith, atonement, worship, prayer, salvation and other gospel essentials. He concluded his view of how Christians should be conducting church by stating, “So, until I start seeing churches pop up that fit my model, I’m not having anything to do with religion or God.” It is interesting that he uses the phrase, “until I start seeing” in his summary statement and then demands churches fit his model. Most atheist bloggers that I have visited are people that hold to a liberal secular post-modern world-view and are very critical of Christian or other world-views. His model of church fits his world-view and his god would necessarily have to be one created in his image.

Since it is obvious this particular atheist does not see or have a clue about the gospel of Jesus Christ, I am going to do a few posts on his question asking what is a true Christian. I will call this series Christianity 101. I will attempt to give a basic uncomplicated presentation of the gospel message for anyone that does not know the gospel or possibly has a wrong understanding of the gospel.

For starters, Christianity recognizes only two kinds of people in the world and they are Christians and non-Christians. If a person is not a true Christian, then he is not Christian period. Many of the non-Christians in the world will become Christians before they die, but no Christian will become a non-Christian. Those people that die as Christians will be saved and the rest will die un-saved. We know that some people will remain blind and will never see, but humans have no way of knowing where God will give grace and enable, through divine power, spiritually blind people to see. Therefore, we are to take the gospel to the entire world as Jesus commanded and present the gospel to everyone. The photo above shows a bride that needs and hopes for true love. The bride of Christ requires and will consist of true Christians that will be gathered from every tongue and tribe in the world. Later in this series, the definition of a true Christian will be given.

Next in Part 2 we will take a look at power and character of God.

9 Comments:

Blogger mark pierson said...

Unregenerate people, who can't see God through their sin loving, God hating lens try to creat God after their own imaginings. Their sin natures are the driving force for how they want to perceive God to be.

Hatred of sin to the point of requiring His Son's blood to pay for sin - No way

Penal substitution - repugnant

Repentance and turning to Christ in faith alone for salvation - ridiculous.

So man wants to have it his own way. God either fits his mold or He is out of consideration.

May 29, 2007 9:20 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

1)"create"
2)Create
3)create

May 29, 2007 9:21 AM

 
Blogger Susan said...

"Who is a true Christian?"
A repentant sinner born again spiritually solely by the grace of God.

May 29, 2007 10:30 AM

 
Blogger Craver Vii said...

(Drooling.) I'm looking forward to these discussions. There are a lot of people who consider themselves to be under the banner of Christianity, but does God allow as many definitions of "Christian" or "true Christian" as people do?

May 29, 2007 1:03 PM

 
Blogger Jonathan Moorhead said...

This person's "felt needs" are very anthropocentric. Not much unlike contemporary Christianity in America.

This promises to be a good series. Only thing, it sounds very lordshippy ;-)
I hope you hit 1 John.

May 29, 2007 6:05 PM

 
Blogger Gojira said...

Wayne,

This is gonna be an awesome series! You are making me spend a fortune in ink cartradges!

May 29, 2007 8:05 PM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Mark,
One pastor blogger wrote about being uncomfortable with talking about moral issues in the context of sin. Some say it shouldn't be mentioned in evangelism. But it is THE PROBLEM that I hope I cover well enough.

Susan,
I know but I had to stretch this into six parts.

Craver,
That is an amazing thing isn't it. You will see people ask on tv, are you a born again Christian?

Jonathan,
Part 6 is titled discipleship and sanctification. Does that sound lordshippy enough? 1 John, eh. If I had to work all the discipleship passages in, this would be about a 200 part series.

Thanks to everyone.

May 29, 2007 8:14 PM

 
Blogger Baptist Girl said...

Titus 3:5 “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”

There are folks in this world that are more kinder, more giving, more loving then me, yet without being regeneration it does not mean a hill of beans concerning their salvation.

God saved me just as I was..a depraved, unworthy sinner...I did not do a thing to deserve His mercy.

Grace, Grace< Grace.

Cristina

May 29, 2007 10:26 PM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Thanks Doug and Cristina.

I hope the series will be helpful to seekers and new Christians. I try to keep stuff concise and basic as I do not do deep theology or am I qualified for that. There are plenty of excellent theologians for that purpose and we have several on our team that are really good as well. I am proud of all of my teammates.

When did EE training, I was amazed at the percentage of Church attending Christians that did not have a clear understanding of the gospel. Cristina, you will be glad to hear that Baptists in Miss. are very good in their understanding. The PCA of which I am a member also are good, but I just didn't run into many PCA members in the field.

wayne

May 30, 2007 12:30 AM

 

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